The National Geographic Channel this week takes a look at how the fictional world of Sherlock Holmes helped change the way real life crimes were solved.
In How Sherlock Changed The World forensic scientists, crime historians and Sherlockian experts reveal the surprising impact Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional character had on the development of real-life crime investigations and forensic science.
A crime fighter before his time, Holmes popularised techniques, instruments and a special method of reasoning that went on to solve many crimes.
An advocate of protecting crime scenes from contamination, as well as subjecting minute pieces of trace evidence to tremendous scientific security, Holmes relied on toxicology and ballistics and examined shoe and tyre impressions, blood stains, fingerprints and handwriting long before it became standard procedure.
Exploring how he solved crimes through seemingly inconsequential details and invisible evidence, this documentary explores the influence of his master sleuthing, revealing why he is the only fictional character ever to be honoured by the Royal Chemistry Society.
As well as hearing from scientists, detectives and even criminals who were inspired by him, many of the high-profile crimes that have been solved thanks to his ingenious and revolutionary techniques are explored.
How Sherlock Changed The World, the UK Premiere,this Tuesday, October 8th, at 8pm on National Geographic.
Bartitsu is the eccentric “mixed martial art” founded in London in the late 1800s as a combination of Japanese jujitsu, Swiss/French cane fighting and British boxing. It was famously written into the Sherlock Holmes stories (misspelled as “baritsu”) when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle needed a deus ex machina device to explain how Holmes had defeated his arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty, in their battle at the Reichenbach Falls.
First look at the BBC’s Sherlock and John in the ‘Is That My Holmes?’ and ‘Is That My Watson?’ parodies by Andy Murray and Deakin Brook.
The books cover all the major parings of film and television incarnations of Holmes and Watson, in the style of the children’s book 'Is that my Dinosaur?'
Is That My Holmes?
Who’s your favourite Sherlock Holmes? Benedict Cumberbatch or Rob Downey Jr.? Jonny Lee Miller or Jeremy Brett? It’s so hard to choose, so spare a thought for poor Dr Watson faced with so many Sherlocks old and new, what will he do? Who’s so the wrong height? Who’s too black and white? Who’s too pale of face? Who’s in the wrong place? Who’s the right Sherlock in Doc Watson’s view? And is Watson’s Sherlock the Sherlock for you?
Published 2 December 2013, but available now for Pre-order HERE
Is That My Watson
Who’s your favourite Dr Watson? Martin Freeman or Jude Law? Lucy Liu or Edward Hardwicke? It’s so hard to choose, so spare a thought for poor Sherlock Holmes faced with so many Watsons old and new, what will he do? Who’s too techno-garish? Who’s too teddy-bearish? Who’s maybe too pretty? Who’s in the wrong city? Who’s the right Watson in Holmes’s own view? And is Sherlock’s Watson the Watson for you?
Published 2 December 2013, but available now for Pre-order HERE
Sherlock 1:6 scale figures will soon be available to pre-order
Featuring fully realised and approved likenesses of actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, each figure comes in a beautifully tailored costume, with signature accessories and a display base. Each figure is numbered and comes with an accompanying certificate of authenticity.
The numbered figures are available exclusively from www.bigchiefstudios.co.uk and will be offered in both Signature and Limited Editions. The figures will also be available in ultra-limited numbered pairs.
Buy both Sherlock and Watson as a pair and receive a limited time discount off the total price, plus an exclusive FREE gift. Signature Edition figures are strictly one of each character per customer.
If you have already registered your interest in the Sherlock figures, you will have been automatically included for ADVANCE PRIORITY PRE-ORDER NOTIFICATION. If you have not yet registered your interest and would like to be notified in advance of the general pre-order, then simply click here and complete your details to be added to the mailing list. You will receive an email in advance with links to access the figures.
To ensure that everyone has an equal chance to secure the signed figures, they are separating the pre-order days for the numbered pairs and single figures.
Various payment options available to purchase the figures, which are open to everyone, no credit checks required.
With just over 1k votes left to reach the 10k required to bring the set under review by LEGO, the Sherlock set is one of the fastest growing sets on the website, and is on the verge of attaining the 10k target in a month!
Make sure to GO AND VOTE so we can try and make the set reach it’s target in the next 5 days - while the next review process isn’t until early January 2014, it would be fantastic to have this set reach target in less than a month!
EDIT: Just over 300 required votes remain! One last push everyone!
As culled from various interviews, the DVD commentaries and assorted miscellany. I tried not to go with the more obvious bits of trivia (like Benedict dyes his hair) but if you’re a hardcore fan, you’ll likely still know all of these anyway:
Martin Freeman plays army doctor John Watson, formerly with the Royal Army Medical Corps. In real life, Martin’s grandfather was a medic with the 150th Field Ambulance, RAMC, during World War II. Leonard Freeman was killed in a Luftwaffe attack on May 24, 1940, during the Battle of Dunkirk.
Benedict Cumberbatch was the only actor asked to audition for the role of Sherlock, after Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue saw him in the film Atonement and Mark Gatiss, who’d worked with him on the film Starter for 10, vouched for him. Benedict’s audition was filmed in Beryl Vertue’s London flat, where she served tea and biscuits “like Mrs. Hudson.”
(The Great Game) In the scene where Sherlock examines Carl Powers’ shoe in the lab, his solo shots were done on a separate day than the shots with John. They had to shoot part of the scene without Martin Freeman after he was injured from slipping on the icy steps of a production trailer.
The pilot and A Study in Pink were filmed one year apart (in 2009 and 2010, respectively).
The dog in Hounds of Baskerville was named Whiskey after Mark Gatiss’ own childhood dog. Kirstie’s pet was an homage to Mark’s husband Ian’s childhood pet, a rabbit named Bluebell.
Sherlock Lego set receives comments from the LEGO Cuusoo team!
Having received over 6k out of the required 10k votes for a chance of making the Sherlock Lego set by Flailx a reality, the team at LEGO Cuusoo have taken notice and left a comment on the concept page!
This project has been gaining supporters so quickly we can’t keep up with it! It’s clear that fans of the BBC show have really come together on this, and there’s no mystery as to why. You’ve captured the characters and the consulting room wonderfully, right down to the famous deerstalker (although how do you stalk a deer with a hat? That’s a case not even Holmes can solve).
Best of luck as you continue on your journey to achieving 10,000 supporters, although something tells me you wouldn’t need luck.
Sorry, got to dash. I think I left my riding crop at the mortuary.
The LEGO CUUSOO Team
Less than 4k votes are required to reach the target, with over three months left to get there - an easily achieveable target to give this set a chance of becoming reality!